Pre-SIHH 2015: Cartier – Skeleton Crash
The Cartier Crash was first introduced in 1967 and, differently from most’s opinion, it was not inspired from Salvador Dalí compositions yet from a harmed Cartier Bagnoire Alongee watch that was on the wrist of a Vice President of Cartier London when he was included an in deadly car crash with flares dissolving the watch on his wrist. As a tribute to their fallen associate, Cartier of London chose to introduce the plan of the crashed watch as another model. The Cartier Crash was born. With its asymmetrical dial, the Crash observe before long turned into a collector’s piece, produced in very restricted versions.
There is currently another variation of this famous watch with the Cartier Skeleton Crash, a model where the mechanical development is likewise “crashed” to perfectly adjust to the irregular state of the precious 950/1000 platinum case (28.15 mm x 45.32 mm). The Skeleton Crash will formally make a big appearance at the Salon International de l’Haute Horlogerie in Geneva next January.
The dial is completely skeletonised, covered with oversized Roman numerals that reveal the development underneath: the hand-wound caliber 9618 MC beating at 28,800 vibrations per hours and offering a remarkable power reserve of 3 days.
Not a traditional development that has essentially been altered to change in accordance with the state of the case, the caliber 9618 MC was expressly planned as an openwork development, brought about by watchmakers to accomplish the best impact in terms of arrangement and style.
Considering the large number of surfaces created by the plan of the development and the skeletonising of the plates, it is not difficult to envision how testing have been the various operations of chamfering, cleaning and silk wrapping up. On the back, the gear trains can be admired through the sapphire crystal.
The Cartier Crash Skeleton in platinum is a restricted version of only 67 pieces with a retail price of Euro 50,000/US$ 62,500. Another platinum version with jewel set bezel will be accessible in 67 pieces.
A Cartier Bagnoire Alongee on the left and an original Cartier Crash tracing all the way back to 1967. Note the word “London” marked on the dial: at the time Cartier London was a separate element from Cartier Paris and Cartier New York.
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